‘Born To Be Alive Birthing’ VR Simulator Educates Patients and Healthcare Learners

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Showcasing some awesome VR technology, “Born to Be Alive” is a french birthing simulation system to provide new mothers, clinical students and healthcare professionals with a better way to learn about birthing scenarios.This 3D Experience was designed by iLumens, the Medical Teaching University Laboratory at the University of Paris-Descartes in partnership with Dassault Systèmes and its brands 3DVIA and Swym. The following groups also supported the development of this 3d project: Fondation de coopération scientifique, assistance publique hopitaux de paris, société française de médecine périnatale and collège national des gynécologues et obstétriciens français.

About Born To Be Alive

“Born To Be Alive is a realistic, interactive, educational serious game aimed at the largest possible audience which allows you to test your knowledge of different topics such as pregnancy, labor, postpartum care and much more by taking you through a variety of storyline scenarios.

3D modeling and simulation have, for several decades, enabled companies to create, optimize and manufacture their products with a physical representation that matches reality. Meanwhile, the global video game market has proved, within massive multi-player online environments, the advantages provided by scripts and artistic representations of imaginary virtual worlds. By bringing these two concepts together on a Cloud collaborative platform, developing new innovative 3D uses and publishing global 3D experiences on different terminals has never been easier.


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That’s how Dassault Systems came to re-inject physically-exact 3D simulations, which used to be limited to professional users, into experiences made for a much larger audience, accessible from web browser or tablets. 3D Experiences, also known as Serious Games, open the world to new uses, such as communication and experiential marketing, documentation, training and education.

Learning by doing in a virtual world also provides a better retention of information. For instance, in the medical sector, living a 3D Experience as a virtual patient helps ones understand how to treat others more efficiently. The gamification of the situation also transforms the learning dynamics, promote team spirit and competition between users.

Digitalized medical equipment and 3D assets behave like their real-life versions. They provide relative-time learning experiences and leverage the abilities of an effective teacher. They do not replace the physical version but let an unlimited number of users play and replay actions, grow and perform in a hostile environment, act on a virtual patient, etc.”

Learn more at Born To Be Alive’s English Translated Website!


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Gaumard Births Newborn “Tory” Simulator at IMSH 2015

birthing simulator latest noelle

Stopping by the impressive Gaumard Booth at #IMSH2015, I had a chance to finally check out their Victoria Birthing Simulator and new Advanced Newborn Simulator: Tory. The Victoria is a “generation 2.0” of Gaumard’s famous line of Noelle Birthing Simulators, with realism upgrades that are easy to see. There are great improvements here that take the Gaumard birthing simulator to the next level.

Victoria’s engineering has redesigned the abdomen to provide for increased fidelity based off your scenario’s primary learning objectives. What this does is enable us to increase the realism of our scenarios by swapping out specific abdomen hardware specific to procedures such as normal childbirth, postpartum hemorrhage, c-section and more. There were lots of other new improvements including new CPR functionality, airway features, improved operating software, and quieter engineering.

Immediately clear to me was the improved range of limb motion on Victoria and Tory, with joints that now have seamless skin coverings, instead of the previous limited motion joints that looked very “manikin”. See these photos below for close ups of leg and arm joints:

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victoria birthing simulator up close

When you look at Tory side by side with his predecessor Baby Hal, it’s easy to see the increased level of realism due to the new engineering and skin:


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gaumard tory vs hal

Victoria supports the widest range of medical diagnostic equipment of any tetherless maternal and neonatal simulator. Use a real fetal monitor, ECG monitor, defibrillator, pulse oximeter and automatic blood pressure monitor device. Care providers can set-up and operate real equipment, interpret critical information and follow protocols just as they would in real clinical situations.

The birthing baby of Victoria also added some great core functionality including the ability to program: crying sound, motion, cyanosis, heart and lung sounds.

Birthing Baby (Not Tory)

  • Full-term baby with unsurpassed realism and lifelike appearance
  • Anatomically correct with realistic proportions, size and weight
  • Innovative realistic skin
  • Realistic newborn articulation
  • “Care-in-Motion” tetherless technology
  • Baby can present the following signs of health or distress: – Heart and lung sounds – Movement – Crying – Cyanosis

If you are planning on doing a more advanced newborn scenario, then switching the baby to the Tory makes the most sense. The Tory is the updated version of the Baby Hal and also has clear improvements. Features of Tory includes:

  • Smooth full body skin with seamless joints
  • Palpable fontanelles
  • Human-like range of motion on legs, arms and waist
  • Bilateral IV arms and purlses
  • ECG monitoring using real electrodes
  • Urinary catherterization with interchangeable genitalia
  • Intraosseous access
  • Left IV leg
  • Heart and lung sounds
  • Ventilations / Compressions
  • Bilaterial blood pressure arms
  • Seizures & movement

I have heard that Victoria has continued to be successfully launched around the United States, and would love to hear your feedback of great new product over on Konsiderate.com – the home for medical simulation product ratings and reviews!

Learn more about Victoria on her Gaumard homepage (Tory Page coming soon).

Model Med OB Trainers

Last week, Michelle Kelly from the University of Technology Sydney had the chance to tour the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.

While checking out the Newborn Congenital Anomalies Suite from Simureal.net she let me know I had to check out the task trainers from Model Med, a company based out of Australia.  Michelle was really impressed by the realistic skin of the manikins, AND I AM TOO!

I will be honest their website needs a bit of work but their products look really useful for educating in OB and prostate exams.


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Check out this neat video about their “Sophie Trainer” demonstrating the procedure for educating on Shoulder Dystocia:

Model Med Shoulder Dystocia Manikin Trainer

Have you used their products before? Tell us what you think about them in the comments section below!